action and entertainment put "Encounters on the Milky Way" on
a par with any feature film. But this documentary communicates issues
way beyond milk and affecting everyday life: an optimistic view of
the world and of time based on mutual knowledge, give-and-take and
in "The Power of Healing" (1995), Jürg
Neuenschwander relies on composing and orchestrating images and statements,
sound. The result is essentially a plea for openness and tolerance made
all the more charming for its humorous approach.
In "Encounters on the Milky Way", tradition and progress are
being contrasted in an entertaining and non-confrontational manner. Skilfully
edited by Regina Bärtschi, impressive views of landscapes (camera:
Patrick Lindenmaier and Steff Bossert) on both continents create a homogeneous
space for encounters between north and south. A film that is as extraordinary
as its title.
is also remarkable is that the author does not play on clichés
of rich v. poor, progressiveness v. backwardness. Questions are being
raised in an intelligent way that invites answers. A unique film, made
from the heart and soul.
The visit to Switzerland thus becomes a mirror for different realities
and points of view, and the cow a symbol for debates about globalization,
the environment, and cultural differences.
Neuenschwander's film is wonderfully conceived. It leaves plenty of
room for mutual
development while avoiding the
contrast of rich north v. poor south. There is a wealth in the south
quite unlike that in the north, and vice versa.
A true cow-coup!
"Encounters on the Milky Way" is
a witty, poetic film about perceptions and perspectives, outstanding
for its deep respect
people and very convincing, not least due to its great images (camera:
Patrick Lindenmaier and Steff Bossert).